We hope your find these links to Gerald’s life and interests useful


Arnold, Malcolm https://www.malcolmarnoldsociety.co.uk/

Bax, Arnold https://www.arnoldbax.com/

Bliss, Arthur https://www.arthurbliss.org/

Boughton, Rutland https://rutlandboughtonmusictrust.org/rutland-boughton/

Britten, Benjamin https://www.classicfm.com/composers/britten/guides/britten-facts// https://brittenpearsarts.org/news/benjamin-britten

Bairstow, Edward https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/c.asp?c=C37/

Bond, Capel https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA66467/

Bush, Alan http://www.alanbushtrust.org.uk/profile.asp?room=Profile/

Butterworth, George https://www.warcomposers.co.uk/butterworthbio/ https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/great-composers-war/george-butterworth//

Dale Roberts, Jeremy http://jeremydaleroberts.co.uk/

Delius, Frederick https://www.delius.org.uk/

Elgar, Edward https://www.elgar.org/2english.htm/

Farrar, Ernest http://www.fact-index.com/e/er/ernest_farrar.html/

Ferguson, Howard https://www.boosey.com/composer/Howard+Ferguson/

Frankel, Benjamin http://www.musicweb-international.com/frankel/biog.htm/

Grainger, Percy https://percygrainger.org/Percy-Grainger/

Gurney, Ivor https://ivorgurney.co.uk/biographical-outline/

Holst, Gustav http://www.gustavholst.info/

Howells, Herbert https://www.howellstrust.org.uk/howells.html

Ireland, John https://www.boosey.com/composer/John+Ireland/

Jacob, Gordon https://www.gordonjacob.net/

Milford , Robin https://robinmilfordtrust.org.uk/

Morris RO https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._O._Morris/

Mudge, Richard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Mudge/

Rubbra Edmund http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2000/mar00/rubbra.htm/

Stanford, Charles Villiers https://www.thestanfordsociety.org/

Stanley, John https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/c.asp?c=C571/

Tippett, Michael https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Tippett/

Vaughan Williams, Ralph (Close personal friend and witness at Gerald’s wedding) https://rvwsociety.com/

Walton, William https://www.classical-music.com/composers/walton-william/

Wesley, Charles https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/charles-wesley/

Warlock, Peter https://www.boosey.com/pages/cr/composer/composer_main?composerid=3007&ttype=BIOGRAPHY/

Van Wyk, Arnold https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_van_Wyk/


Sites relating to Gerald Finzi and his life

A BBC overview https://www.classical-music.com/composers/gerald-finzi/

Ackland, Valentine  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine_Ackland/

Aldridge, John (Finzi collected his work) https://artuk.org/discover/artists/aldridge-john-arthur-malcolm-19051983/

Barbirolli Society (Sir John Barbirolli and the Hallé gave the first performance of Finzi’s Cello Concerto in 1955. Barbirolli had also conducted Dies Natalis in 1947.) https://barbirollisociety.co.uk/

Bodleian Library Oxford https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/home/

Boosey & Hawkes https://www.boosey.com/composer/Gerald+Finzi/

Boydell & Brewer (pubishers of Finzi’s letters and also his biography by Diana McVeagh) https://boydellandbrewer.com/9781783275724/gerald-finzis-letters-1915-1956/

Blunden, Edmund https://edmundblunden.org/

Bridges, Robert https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-bridges/

British Music Information Centre http://www.bmic.co.uk/

Eaton, Sybil (violinist who premiered Finzi’s Violin Concerto and Violin Sonata) remembered also for her letters to Howells and those of Gerald & Joy https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/finzi-violin-concerto-etc/

Letter to Joy Finzi from Sybil Eaton

“My first recollection of Gerald was in 1915 (or 16?) when I used to meet him, always with his mother, in Minster Court, on his way to a composition lesson with Edward Bairstow. He looked very young! I saw very little of him at that time as the family lived outside York, but I heard a good deal as E.C.B. was keenly interested. In 1916 I moved to London with Editha Knocker (my intention of going to Auer in Petrograd being smashed by the war). Gerald turned up in London before long and honoured me by bringing his compositions to bow. (I am fearful as to how I did it in those days.)

I remember his frustration, when composing, by the ceaseless sounds of traffic instead of the peace of a ploughed field. Sometime later he was on the committee of the Stroud (?) Music Club and engaged me to play, insisting that I play the newly written Moeran sonata which I did (never having heard of Moeran), and it was very good for me to be pulled out of the rut of Handel, Brahms and Kreisler pieces).

Then came his engagement which produced an immortal remark. Repeatedly I asked what she was like but he seemed to find her quite indescribable. Eventually he came out with – “Well she is not like Harriet Cohen!!”

I cannot remember the year when Gerald honoured me by writing a concerto for me. The first performance was with Malcolm Sargent at Queen’s Hall. It had a particularly beautiful slow movement which was later published for clarinet. I remember how much Gerald appreciated Vaughan Williams’ real sympathy with him when the orchestra scoffed at something new, having so often experienced the same thing.

Gerald used to come to me for rehearsals and to my surprise he varied his tempo for the opening bars. When I protested he said “My job is to compose the music, yours is to find the right tempo.” His view was confirmed by V.W. when, later I played his (shamefully neglected) Concerto Academico for violin and strings with the composer conducting. At the first rehearsal he stopped me because he wanted a quicker tempo for the first movement, but for the second rehearsal he stopped me again, saying that he liked my tempo better! Obviously I am wrong in my very strong feeling that there is only one right tempo for everything, but all my life I have had a sinking feeling at the question: “How fast should it go?”

One day when Nigel was 3 or 4 years old I was rehearsing with Gerald at Ashmansworth, when Nigel, having been fairly obstreperous, became still, obviously rapt in the music. I remarked on this to Gerald and he said ‘Nigel get your fiddle out”. Nigel dived under the piano for his half-sized fiddle and proceeded to put it on the wrong shoulder and when this was put right he put his bow on the wrong side of the bridge! When all set, with Gerald at the piano, he proceeded to draw the whole bow on open strings with the ease and poise of a virtuoso. Joy took some photographs which she kindly sent to me and which I treasure to this day.

The recollection for which I am most grateful is being told by Gerald that I had played out of tune in the slow movement of his concerto. He was the most honest of friends… I wish more people had been as honest as Gerald.”

Eurich, Richard (Finzi collected his work) https://richardeurich.co.uk/

The Finzi Friends has its own web site, https://finzifriends.org.uk/

The Finzi Trust has its own website, http://www.geraldfinzi.org/

Finzi, Joy (The artist and poet Joyce Black married Gerald Finzi in 1933. She outlived Gerald by many years and died in 1991.) https://www.joyfinzi.com/pages/biography.html/

Hardy, Thomas
https://www.hardysociety.org/life/ https://www.classicfm.com/composers/finzi/facts-gallery/thomas-hardy//

Hodgkins lymphoma (Finzi died from Hodgkins lymphoma. Find out about this crippling disease…) https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/hodgkin-lymphoma/

Lambert, Herbert https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Lambert/

Leighton, Frederic https://www.frederic-leighton.org/

Newbury Spring Festival (Finzi directed his Newbury String Players in many of his own arrangements and compositions at the Newbury Spring festival. https://www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk/

McVeagh, Diana (Author of definitive biography of Gerald Finzi) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_McVeagh/

Reading University (Some of Finzi’s music collection (which includes many of his own arrangements) is in Reading University Music Department library. The Finzi Book Room, in the university Arts Library, houses Finzi’s 4,000 books of English literature as well as various works of art.) https://collections.reading.ac.uk/special-collections/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/01/Gerald-Joy-Finzi_MS_1399.pdf/

St Andrews University (Finzi’s unique collection of eighteen century (largely English) music is housed in the university library.) https://collections.st-andrews.ac.uk/collection/photographs-from-manuscript-collection-of-gerald-finzi/500292 /

Traherne, Thomas https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/thomas-traherne/ http://www.fact-index.com/t/th/thomas_traherne.html/ https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDH55432/

Thurston, Frederick (Clarinetist) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Thurston/

Shakespeare, William (Finzi set music to the words of England’s legendary playwright and poet.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_Us_Garlands_Bring_(Finzi)/

Shirley Smith, Richard (Artist and friend) https://www.richardshirleysmith.co.uk/ Wordsworth, William (Finzi set the word of this poet to Music.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wordsworth  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intimations_of_Immortality_(Finzi)/